One of the most popular forms of ammo available is the 9mm. Countless handguns and rifles are capable of firing off 9 mm rounds and they’re extremely cheap compared to other options. However, there are many types of 9mm bullets. Knowing the difference will help you better understand which kind to purchase for your shooting goals. Keep reading as we discuss the most popular forms of the most popular ammo.
The majority of 9mm handguns are capable of accepting hollow point ammunition into their chambers as are many rifles. Most bullets end with a sharp, albeit rounded, end. This is the typical bullet you see in pictures and depicted elsewhere. When they hit their target, these bullets pass through them, starting with a clean entry.
But a hollow point bullet ends with a cavity. And as opposed to typical ammunition, a hollow point will expand when it makes impact. If you found the bullet after it hit its target, you’d notice it resembled a mushroom in its new shape. This specific design is meant to impart maximum damage on its target.
The Remington 9mm HTP bullets are an example of hollow point ammunition.
Full Metal Jacket
Military rifles usually load full metal jacket ammo, though many handguns can take them on too. The bullet gets its name from the lead jacket that surrounds a core made from a copper alloy. This lead encasement allows the 9 mm to penetrate tougher surfaces than it’d otherwise be able to do thanks to this added durability. Furthermore, this means the 9 mm can travel at much greater speeds on its way to the target without fear that the impact will compromise it on impact.
Despite these added benefits, full metal jacket bullets are still extremely accurate. They also won’t leave a residue of soft core lead in your barrel.
The soft point bullet is sometimes referred to as the soft-nosed bullet as well. Though it sometimes comes partially jacketed in brass or copper, these bullets are still considering lead-expanding. This partial covering means soft points are sometimes called semi-jacketed bullets too.
Because it can expand despite its partial jacket, a soft point bullet expands when it hits its target. This means it opens up a much larger cavity compared to a full metal jacket bullet that will also leave a greater entrance wound as well.
An example of a soft point is the Magtech’s 95 gr JSP bullets.
The word frangible refers to the fact that these bullets are designed to break apart when shot. In that way, these 9mms are a lot like shotgun shells. A single copper bullet encases a number of much smaller pellets.
Unlike a shotgun, though, these bullets don’t break apart until impacting their target. Once that happens, the copper casing will break apart and release the pellets inside. It’s built this way to cause as little topical damage as possible, while maximizing the amount of internal damage done.
If you want frangible ammunition, Sinterfire 9mm Greenline frangible ammunition offers everything you want from this particular part of 9mm.
For those of you interested in competing, you’ll want 9mms that will assure you your best accuracy. On the outside, these bullets appear just like any others. But the inside of these 9mm were likely loaded by hand to meet precise specifications.
These specially designed bullets contain special powders and each is measured within strict weight specifications. Prvi Partizan’s Match 223 Rem ammo are great bullets if you plan on shooting in a contest soon.
When you want affordable bullets you can rely on, 9mms have no rivals. However, to get the best results, consider the above types for what you need.